GOP Cries Foul Over Obama Designer Gear
'Runway to Win' fashion sale skirting campaign finance laws, GOP says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 3:12 AM CST
Anna Wintour has spearheaded the Runway to Win effort for Obama.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

(Newser) – President Obama's re-election campaign launched a high-fashion fundraising initiative last night to grousing from Republicans. The "Runway to Win" effort—spearheaded by Vogue editor Anna Wintour—is selling clothing and accessories by prominent designers at prices far below what their work usually sells for, making the GOP suspect campaign finance laws are being broken, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The low prices suggest "corporate money, property, and employees were improperly used in the design and production of these items without reimbursement," an RNC spokesman said. The Obama campaign says the designers "volunteered their personal time to create these great designs," and "were not underwritten with any corporate funds." At the effort's launch party last night, Scarlett Johansson offered her own response to the GOP's concerns. "They're so unfashionable," she said of the party.

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OuttaHere
Feb 11, 2012 10:30 PM CST
Sounds like a bunch of miffed cross-dressers to me.
sergal
Feb 9, 2012 9:26 PM CST
There is not much between Scarlett Johansson actress and Scarlett Galabekian pediatrician doctor, but both up to success President Barack Obama's reelection
HMunster
Feb 9, 2012 6:36 AM CST
"GOP Cries Foul Over Obama Designer Gear" The only "foul" I see here is the ugly-ass zigzag design on that crappy looking handbag... (: ( That said, if people are foolish enough to pay good money for stuff like that and designers want to sell their wares at a discounted price to support their choice for President, why shouldn't they be allowed to?